Laetitia Ky, a 21-year-old fashion designer from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Africa, took social media by storm after posting a photo series where she sculpts her hair into an array of fun shapes and gestures!

Wanting to use her hair as a form of self expression, Laetitia was inspired by the hairstyles women wore long ago in some African tribes. However, to create these looks, she needs much more than primitive tools! Beyond the bobby pins and hairspray, she can use thread, a needle, fabric, wire, wool, hair extensions—her tools of the trade are unique to each style.

Patience is also key. Some styles can take a quick 20 minutes, while other may take over two hours to sculpt!

Check out some of our favorite looks and an exclusive interview from Laetitia in this year’s annual, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! A Century of Strange!